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All Kinds of Magic: A Quest for Meaning in a Material World [Hardcover]

Piers Moore Ede
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19 April 2010
In April 2004, Piers Moore Ede embarked on a very unusual journey. Disheartened by a world seemingly hooked on material wealth and scientific fact, he decided to travel the world in search of something completely other - the magical, the mystical, the numinous. In "All Kinds of Magic", Piers recounts this voyage of re-enchantment, which led him from snow-blanketed villages in the Himalayas to a dappled, ancient Sufi quarter in Delhi; from the world's largest religious festival on the banks of the swollen Ganges to tiny, covert communities of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey. He met remarkable individuals who appeared to be able to heal any ailment, channel powerful deities, glimpse the future or transcend everyday consciousness by imbibing strange, bitter herbs. Along the way he began to explore what spirituality means to us now, and what it can and ought to mean in our looming future of political, economic and environmental uncertainty. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All Kinds of Magic" is a fascinating quest to the hidden world of miracles that is at once deeply personal and universal in its scope.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747584826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747584827
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1975, he was educated at Winchester College, Exeter University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. While living in San Francisco he was involved in a hit and run accident, during the recovery from which he conceived of his first travel book, a global adventure in search of wild honey. Honey and Dust documents his search for wholeness, while looking for the last of the tribes that still hunt wild honey in jungles and cliffs. He visits Bedouin tribesman in the Syrian desert, Gurung mountain people in Nepal, the Veddhas or Wild Men in Sri Lanka, and even a rooftop beekeeper on the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

The Guardian called Piers Moore Ede 'a talented young writer... acutely aware of light, landscape and mood.' The Daily Mail called it 'thoughtful and uplifiting.' The Telegraph wrote: 'While Moore Ede's enthusiasm about honey is engaging, it is his quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book.'

Honey and Dust won the non fiction category of the DH Lawrence prize, and was nominated for the Jeremy Round first book award with the British Guild of Food Writers.

His second book All Kinds of Magic, published in 2010, has also been well received.

'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House

'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House

Piers Moore Ede also runs the popular website www.theindiaphile.com

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'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House 'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House PRAISE FOR HONEY AND DUST 'In page after page of beautifully written prose, Moore Ede's passion for the sweet nectar, his curiosity as to how it is produced and his determination to find hunters who will risk their lives to find it are deftly combined with his own holistic belief that his search will miraculously cure his depression. I feel hopeful it did, for this most unusual, compelling and restorative book has certainly vanquished mine' Alexander Waugh, Mail on Sunday 'It is [Moore Ede's] quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book' Daily Telegraph

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A personal search for the mystical and miraculous, from the acclaimed author of Honey and Dust --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Uplifting 10 May 2010
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This book charts Moore Ede's journeys through India and Turkey, as he travels around in search of spiritual experiences. He meets various gurus and attends religious happenings and festivals, in between which he describes the landscape and people.

As you would expect, a man who's searching for unusual experiences in India doesn't have to look far, and it's not long before he meets some extremely bizarre people and gets into some strange and at times frightening situations. Depending which way you look at it, Moore Ede is either brave or foolhardy, as he seems happy to walk around remote parts of India on his own with a fistful of cash, merrily following people he meets to even more remote areas on a promise of meeting spiritual gurus. Happily, he somehow avoids getting mugged, and we are treated to a vivid portrait of India and then Turkey, and their various religions and beliefs. Accounts of his experiences are peppered with quotations from writers, travellers and poets.

The book is full of conflicting ideas and forces - not only the strange juxtapositions and divisions of a developing country, where modern technology, lifestyles and attitudes contrast with ancient traditions and extreme poverty, but also Moore Ede's internal conflicts. He is searching for something beyond rational thought, but can't help analysing his mystical experiences from a rational perspective. Whilst the physical journey has its tribulations, it is his inner journey which proves much tougher.

Having described all manner of magical events, some quite obviously fake and some apparently beyond rational explanation, the narrative progresses to an ultimately uplifting ending.

All Kinds of Magic was a really enjoyable book, extremely well written and researched, that has left me wanting to visit the places he describes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking and insightful 28 April 2010
By alice
Format:Hardcover
this is a thought provoking and often illuminating read - Moore Ede uses beautiful prose too- well worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Prose 22 Nov 2010
By Rosie
Format:Hardcover
It was a joy to read Piers' beautifully expressed account of his time in India. His search for a deeper meaning to his life resulted in many adventures: some amusing,some ("miracles") inexplicable and one, at least, rather terrifying. His vivid descriptions evoked memories of my own trips to India in the 1980's and I was transported back to the land of sights, sounds - and smells! His experiences and reactions left me with much food for thought. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting reading 27 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
A perfect and uplifting story which takes the reader to a new level. An exceptional travel book, which takes the reader from Honey and Dust. Through India, Turkey and South America, the author searches for a meaning that lies beneath our everyday reality, while leading the reader through an imaginative and at times sensational fantasy universe full of fantastic heartfelt characters and experiences. Highly recommended tale about mysticism, the esoteric and of the art of travel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey through a mystical world 20 Nov 2010
By laurie
Format:Hardcover
All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede is a book about a journey to look for people who live life differently and who exist in a non-materialistic world. His beautiful writing gives colourful descriptions of alternative life styles in Eastern countries. He searches the mystical beliefs of shamens, sufis, and whirling dervishes in India and Turkey and gives his readers a taste of his reactions to these very unusual people. The book forms an interesting view of travel to fascinating places but also gives reason to think and explore what we may be missing in our busy, western lifestyles. A most interesting read for any open minded people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book!! 23 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
Really enjoyable brilliantly-written travel book which tells more of Piers Moore Ede travel in the world in search for something different , His spiritual journey began here where he met unremarkable individuals. This is completely a good read!! It will enlighten and inspire you in many ways...Highly recommend!!!^^
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the full range of spirituality
I am sure there must be some magic left in western religions, as I often feel this magic in places like Holy Island. Read more
Published 7 months ago by clive brett
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Very interesting , puts life into a new perspective , I was recommended this book by my beautiful sister. I hope she finds her peace. Namaste piers x
Published 9 months ago by jan robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Most fascinating read in a long, long time
I picked this up in the library yesterday, read it in one sitting (yes, a long night it was) and then felt compelled to write a review because I enjoyed it so, so much. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Annaken
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic mirror book
In April 2004, Piers Moore Ede embarked on a very unusual journey. Disheartened by a world seemingly hooked on material wealth and scientific fact, he decided to travel the world... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars great book about magic
This is completely a good read!! It will enlighten and inspire you in many ways...Apart from Harry Potter series, this book is completely amazing and will gives you more... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by samkhowaja
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Book That Will Give Magical Experience
Apart from Harry Potter series, this book is completely amazing and will gives you more information to the journey of magical, mystic, and spiritual soul. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by wikuowen
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